New version of pqR, with automatic differentiation and arithmetic on lists

2020-07-25 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

I’ve released pqR-2020-07-23, a new version of my variant implementation of R.  You can install it on Linux, Windows, or Mac as described at pqR-project.org. Installation must currently be from source, similarly to source installs of R Core versions of R.

This version has preliminary implementations of automatic differentiation and of arithmetic on lists. These are both useful for gradient-based optimization, such as maximum likelihood estimation and neural network training, as well as gradient-based MCMC methods. List arithmetic is helpful when dealing with models that have several groups of parameters, which are most conveniently represented using a list of vectors or matrices, rather than a single vector.

You can read the documentation on these facilities here and here. Some example programs are in this repository. I previously posted about the automatic differentiation facilities here. Automatic differentiation and arithmetic on lists for pqR are both discussed in this talk, along with some other proposals.

For the paranoid, here are the shasum values for the compressed and uncompressed tar files that you can download from pqR-project.org, allowing you to verify that they were downloaded uncorrupted:

c1b389861f0388b90122cbe1038045da30879785 pqR-2020-07-23.tar.gz
04b4586601d8796b12c310cd4bf81dc057f33bb2 pqR-2020-07-23.tar

Entry filed under: Computing, Machine Learning, Monte Carlo Methods, R Programming, Statistics, Statistics - Computing.

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